— The owners of one of Chicago’s most-popular steakhouses have been hit with a lawsuit from their own investors. David Flom and Matthew Moore, owners of River North’s celebrity-laden Chicago Cut Steakhouse, are being sued by a group of investors for allegedly refusing to allow them access to financial records, according to reports in Chicago magazine and Cook County Record. This has caused the investors “to be concerned about the health of the business and the defendants’ good faith in managing it,” the suit states. Flom and Moore also recently closed their sister seafood restaurant Ocean Cut. Stay tuned to see how this shakes out.
— Chicago’s next big food festival will be held this summer and last 18 days. Food Bowl, organized by the Tribune and inspired by a festival of the same name which began last year in LA and was organized by the Los Angeles Times, will include an array of events, dinners, discussions, and more around the city from August 8-26. Specific events and food partnerships have yet to be announced.
— Bellemore, Boka’s latest hotspot in the West Loop and current holder of the top spot on the Eater Chicago Heatmap, now serves weekday lunch. The menu includes sweet potato tots, wild boar spare ribs, black sesame ice cream sandwiches, and more.
— Jake’s Pub’s Facebook page has been down since last night following the enormous uproar from its owners’ defense of using the n-word. The page, along with its Yelp page, has been besieged by negative reviews.
— Osteria Langhe owners’ casual sister restaurant Animale has changed its name and menu, the Tribune reports. Langhe Market sticks with mostly traditional panini, pastas, salads, starters and entrees — rather than the off cuts which made the restaurant unique — in its space across from the Western Blue Line station. Check out the menu here.
— And finally, the longtime owner of Gold Coast staple Tavern On Rush — which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year — has passed away. Marty Gutilla, whose notable hospitality career goes as far back as the 1970s with his opening of classics Little Green Bag, Hotspurs, and Sweetwater Cafe, succumbed to a year-long battle with lung cancer.